GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities believe a Minnesota father involved in a murder-suicide near the Grand Canyon earlier this month shot his two children before igniting a fire inside their motor home.

Investigators said Thursday that it appears 35-year-old Anthony DeHaven of Woodbury then turned the gun on himself on Oct. 3 during a vacation in Arizona. The RV was in a parking area along the most-traveled road into the Grand Canyon’s popular South Rim near a sign where tourists often pose for pictures.

Grand Canyon officials say they won’t release the names of the juvenile victims, their ages or their gender out of respect for the family. A spokeswoman for the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district in Minnesota had previously identified them as Jersey DeHaven, a kindergartener at Skyview School in Oakdale, and sixth-grader Jace DeHaven.

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Comments (7)
  1. sad says:

    Gee thanks Dad. So sorry for the family of these children.

  2. MPLS says:

    WCCO, get proof readers!

  3. Esther says:

    What about the RV fire Sunday night on 94 west of Maple Grove? The whole thing was burnt to a crisp and we haven’t heard anything about it in the news.

  4. tan pup says:

    What a coward. Notice they haven’t found mom yet. I wonder what he did to her.

  5. a friend says:

    Out of respect for the family, please do not comment or speculate on what you don’t know. A mom, along with many other relatives and friends, are grieving at lost of these children. They have chosen to stay out of the media as they deal with the results of what the father did. The mom’s entire’s world has been turned upside down and inside out, she should not have to worry about negative comments and speculations of the uninformed as she moves forward.

  6. So sad says:

    So very sad. My heart goes out to their entire family. I hope this coward burns in !!##@@!! My child was good friends with Jace. Classmates are grieving hard for their friend when they thought it was an accident. To know it was a murder is a whole another thing. I feel bad for the Mom. Everyone should leave their family alone!! Let them grieve. They do not deserve to be criticized. The coward Dad should have that honor.

  7. Marina says:

    i go to skyview in 8th grade, and jace was my choir buddy. Im very sad :/

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